IDF launches night airstrike on Gaza Strip against incendiary balloons

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The Israeli military launched an airstrike on Hamas facilities on Saturday evening after the group launched incendiary balloons from the Gaza Strip.

Fox News has confirmed that the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) struck a weapons and rocket launcher manufacturing site in response to the balloon launches. The site and the launcher are both owned by Hamas, Israel said.

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Fighter jets struck the facilities, with no immediate reports of casualties.

The airstrike is escalating following a similar exchange two days earlier: Israeli fire departments extinguished four fires caused by incendiary balloons from Gaza on Thursday, Al Jazeera reported.

Israel retaliated on Friday, hitting an arms manufacturing site that the IDF said was owned by Hamas.

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An IDF leader warned senior military officials on June 18 that they should prepare for renewed fighting with Hamas as tensions remained high after the May offensive that lasted for 11 days and killed at least 260 Palestinians and 13 Israelis.

Fox News’s Trey Yingst contributed to this report.

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